Time: 6pm-8pm
Price: $25 Full / $15 Dancehouse Member per session BOOK NOW
FULL PASS: $80 Full / $50 Dancehouse Member BOOK NOW



Next Stages is a series of practical, capacity-building workshops for independent dance artists and emerging artists from other art forms, led by industry experts. Each week an industry professional will be paired with a dance artist, to present insightful and hands on sessions that will sharpen your skills, arm you with practical tools, give you valuable insight into the arts industry and support you in building sustainable careers.


THURSDAY 21 JULY - How to Organise Your First Season
with Kristy Ayre and James Batchelor

Everything you need to know when you plan your first show as an independent artists. Budgeting accurately and realistically, choosing the right time for the season, securing  a venue, preparing the admin, technical, ticketing, media and marketing aspects of the season, and surviving it all!


THURSDAY 28 JULY - Writing/Marketing - How to Write & Speak About Your Work
with Becky Hilton and Veronica Bolzon

Writing about your work is not the same thing as writing to market your work or having others write about your work. Get the nuances right and learn to become your best advocate!


THURSDAY 04 AUGUST - Budgets - Understanding Figures and Planning Realistically
with Josh Wright and Natalie Cursio

Whether it is a provisional budget for a funding application, a show, or a tour, this workshop  will have you covered with everything you need to know about budgets and more!
Learn great template making and formatting tips, plus all questions to need to ask yourself when preparing a budget, including artist fees, production locations, insurances, contingencies and more.


THURSDAY 11 AUGUST - Pitching & Networking
with Annette Vieusseux and Angela Conquet

Pitching and networking are the toughest parts in the life of an artists who dream big. Learn how to pitch your work in a variety of contexts (Australian and overseas) and some useful tips on how to stir the curiosity of presenters/programmers without crossing the lines that ruin opportunities.


Time: 6pm-8pm
Price: $25 Full / $15 Dancehouse Member per session BOOK NOW
FULL PASS: $80 Full / $50 Dancehouse Member BOOK NOW




Kristy Ayre is Deputy Producer of Phillip Adams BalletLab, a member on the Board of Next Wave and Head of the Green Room Awards Association Dance Panel. She previously Co-Produced the 2015 National Dance Forum, alongside Kath Papas, and was an Associate Producer for the 2012 and 2014 Next Wave Festivals. Kristy has been a peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts and a curatorial advisor for Ausdance Victoria and Next Wave's Kickstart program.

As a performer, Kristy collaborated and performed for Chunky Move for over a decade (2001-2012) mostly in works by founding Artistic Director, Gideon Obarzanek. She has also previously performed for Lucy Guerin Inc, Shelley Lasica, Frances D'ath, Itoh Kim, Prue Lang, Natalie Cursio, Dario Vacirca, Lee Serle, Ashley Dyer and Luke George, appearing in numerous prestigious venues and Arts Festivals worldwide. Kristy teachers contemporary dance workshops and masterclasses to all levels from beginner to professional including regularly teaching for Chunky Move's Public Class Program. Kristy is a graduate of the VCA.

James Batchelor is an award-winning choreographer and performer based in Canberra and Melbourne. He trained in Canberra with the QL2 Quantum Leap Ensemble and later in Melbourne as a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. As a performer, he has worked with choreographers and companies including Antony Hamilton, Stephanie Lake, Sue Healey, Prue Lang, Chunky Move and Tasdance.

His works combine movement and visual arts, using performance as a tool to inspire critical thought and reflection on the contemporary world. His debut full-length work ISLAND won a Green Room Award and Canberra Critics Choice Award in 2014. His recent work METASYSTEMS has toured extensively in Australia, Thailand, France, Italy and China. He has been commissioned on two occasions for the biennial Keir Choreographic Award and recently completed a two-month residency at sea studying remote sub-Antarctic islands.

Rebecca Hilton is an Australian dancer. She also choreographs, teaches and writes about dance, dancers and dancing. In a practice spanning three decades she has contributed to the work of an array of artists, including Russell Dumas, Stephen Petronio, Mathew Barney, Michael Clark, Tere O'Connor, Jennifer Monson, John Jasperse, Lucy Guerin, Ben Speth, Tino Sehgal, Chrysa Parkinson, Xavier Le Roy among others.

She works with dance in many different environments, situations and circumstances both locally and internationally, including universities, dance companies, arts institutions, festivals and community based organisations. Some of these include Dancehouse, the Victorian College of the Arts, the Footscray Community Arts Centre, Kaldor Public Art Projects, MPavillion, Stompin (Australia) P.A.R.T.S., Sarma (Belgium) Mestizas (Argentina), La lagrima (Mexico), Laborgras (Berlin), Stockholm University of the Arts, DOCH (Sweden), NABI (Korea) and the den Danske Scenkunstskole (Denmark) etc.

As the recipient of a Fellowship from the Dance Board of the Australia Council, she is slowly writing a book on DANCERNESS.

Veronica Bolzon has over 15 years experience as a Creative Producer, Artistic Director, Event Producer and Project Manager on festivals and projects around Australia and across the globe. Her most recent roles include Artistic Director of regional arts festival Dungog Festival, Program Producer for contemporary dance organisation Dancehouse and Creative Producer for youth arts organisation Outer Urban Projects. She currently works at the City of Yarra in Arts and Culture.

Josh Wright is a creative producer based in Melbourne producing for a range of presenting organisations including Arts House (since 2015), Dancehouse, Ausdance Victoria and was Malthouse Theatre’s Associate Producer (2011-2015) producing mainstage and independent seasons (Helium). Josh produces for a handful of artists including THE RABBLE and Uninvited Guests and has been a producer for innovative consortium Festivals including Dance Massive (2011, 2013, 2015), Festival of Live Art (2016) and the Australian Dance Awards (2009, 2010). Josh co-produced the inaugural national Arts Learning Forum (2015) for the Australia Council.  He has also had lead roles in the delivery of Australian exhibitions at the Venice Biennale (2007), Melbourne New Leaders Network (2009-11) and Martin Creed’s Work No. 850 at Tate Britain. Josh was Director of Ausdance Victoria, and has held arts administration roles at the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Council England and the Cultural Leadership Programme (UK). Josh has had independent advisory roles at Creative Victoria, Melbourne Fringe, Office for the Community Sector, Artstart, Australia Council for the Arts, Ausdance Qld, Tasdance and Next Wave.  Josh is currently a Board member for Rawcus, The Squeaky Wheel and has previously been on the Arts Industry Council Victoria. Josh has an Arts and Communications Degree in Theatre, Film and Dance, Honours in Film (UNSW) and a Masters in Curatorship (USYD). Josh is a dedicated dancer with Body Electric Dance studios.

Natalie Cursio creates choreographies, curated programs and developmental platforms under the umbrella Nat Cursio Co. Her work has been presented in Taipei, Seoul, Busan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Limerick and around Australia. Recent projects include : AT LEAST FOR A WHILE ANYWAY, a large-scale video portrait of dance veteran Don Asker created in collaboration with Daniel Crooks (commissioned by and premiering at Carriageworks, 24 Frames Per Second), recently screened at Light Moves (Ireland), ACMI Melbourne and ABC’s i-view; RECOVERY with Shannon Bott and UK-based Simon Ellis, a candid duet about grief (The Substation, choreographer-in-residence, nominated for 3 Green Room Awards); BLIZZARD, a poetic, uncompromising response to the climate crisis using dance and acoustic sound as integrated modes (The Substation, choreographer-in-residence, nominated for 3 Green Room Awards including the Inaugural Shirley McKechnie Award for choreography and nominated for an Australian Dance Award); PRIVATE DANCES, a program of intimate mini dances presented in tents, remounted 2013 with Darebin Arts (after award-winning original, 2010 Next Wave Festival) and followed by a Hong Kong Edition at Freespace Fest 2014; THE MIDDLE ROOM, a ceremonial one-on-one playdate in Nat’s home, commissioned by Theatre Works for the Inaugural Festival of Live Art, since re-framed in contexts including conferences, workshops and a mini-residency at Raygun Lab, QLD. Nat is currently: in development for TINY SLOPES, a work about learning to skateboard; and continuing collaboration with Nicola Gunn on PLAYING SHOP, a new live art work for children aged 6-10.

Annette Vieusseux is Executive Producer of Lucy Guerin Inc. Prior to this, Annette was Program Producer at Arena Theatre Company. Annette is on the Board of Theatre Network Australia, a Green Room Award panelist for Contemporary & Experimental Performance, and is mentored through the Australia Council for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Development Program.

Her career in arts management began in 2005 when she was Festival Director of Sydney Mardi Gras. Since then she has undertaken communication roles for Next Wave Festival, Malthouse Theatre, Emerging Writers’ Festival and National Theatre London. As a dramaturg, she documented and published theatre rehearsal processes for Arts Council England, National Theatre, Ontological-Hysteric Theatre (New York) and Northern Stage (UK). Annette attained first-class degrees in MA Literature (Theatre Studies) from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where she also taught Dramaturgy, and BA Hons (Performance Studies/Art History and Theory) from University of Sydney.

Angela Conquet is Dancehouse’s Artistic Director, appointed in July 2011. Angela came to Dancehouse and Australia from her work as Artistic Director for Dance at Mains d'Oeuvres Paris - a major multi-arts cultural centre and a pioneer amongst independent art spaces in France – where she presented and commissioned over 100 works by mainly emerging dance artists. She led several international projects, was part of different juries and peer panels (French Ministry of Culture, City of Paris Arts Grants panel, international boards) and represented France in the Aerowaves network. She is acknowledged for recognising and supporting dance artists who take creative risks, and for her bold and creative approach to linking artists with performance contexts or new communities. She has a MA degree in International Cultural Management ( Paris 8 University) and in Applied Languages. Before working in the independent dance sector,  her professional experiences took her from the French Cultural Centers in Eastern Europe to the Council of Europe. She is also a translator and interpreter.


Image: Fiona Bryant, Next Stages, 2014. Photo by Emma Fishwick